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"Pinching a baby bird, one should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
"Pinching a baby bird, one should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
as much as we try to separate ourselves from others in beliefs... it's amazing how similar we are... or should realize we are...
One result of the reciprocity ethic is the concept that every person shares certain inherent human rights, simply because of their membership in the human race. People are individually very different; they come in two main genders; different sizes, colors, and shapes; many races; three or more sexual orientations; and different degrees of ability. They follow many religious and economic systems, speak many languages, and follow many different cultures. But there is a growing consensus that all humans are equal in importance. All should enjoy basic human rights. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is one manifestation of this growing worldwide consensus. See footnotes below.
Isn't this fascinating? (okay i'm a geek)
Bahá'í World Faith: "Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not." "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." Baha'u'llah
"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
Brahmanism: "This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you". Mahabharata, 5:1517 "
Buddhism: "...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18
Christianity: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12, King James Version.
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31, King James Version.
"...and don't do what you hate...", Gospel of Thomas 6. The Gospel of Thomas is one of about 40 gospels that were widely accepted among early Christians, but which never made it into the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).
Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" Analects 15:23
"Tse-kung asked, 'Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?' Confucius replied, 'It is the word 'shu' -- reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.'" Doctrine of the Mean 13.3
"Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence." Mencius VII.A.4
Ancient Egyptian: "Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do." The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109 - 110 Translated by R.B. Parkinson. The original dates to 1970 to 1640 BCE and may be the earliest version ever written. 3
Hinduism: "One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself." Mencius Vii.A.4
Humanism: "(5) Humanists acknowledge human interdependence, the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity."
"(11) Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings. " 4
"Don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you, British Humanist Society. 3
Islam: "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths." 5
Jainism: "Therefore, neither does he [a sage] cause violence to others nor does he make others do so." Acarangasutra 5.101-2.
"In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara
"A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. "Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
Judaism: "...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.", Leviticus 19:18
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
"And what you hate, do not do to any one." Tobit 4:15 6
Native American Spirituality: "Respect for all life is the foundation." The Great Law of Peace.
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk
"Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself." Pima proverb.
Roman Pagan Religion: "The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves."
Shinto: "The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form"
"Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God." Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga
Sikhism: Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world". Japji Sahib
"Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone." Guru Arjan Devji 259
"No one is my enemy, none a stranger and everyone is my friend." Guru Arjan Dev : AG 1299
Sufism: "The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others. If you haven't the will to gladden someone's heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone's heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this." Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order.
Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien.
"The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful." Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 49
Unitarian: "We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent of all existence of which we are a part." Unitarian principles.
Wicca: "An it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One's will is to be carefully thought out in advance of action. This is called the Wiccan Rede
Yoruba: (Nigeria): "One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."
Zoroastrianism: "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself". Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
"Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others." Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29
i'll shut up now.
back to sex tomorrow
8/4/2006 9:49 am
It would just be great if all those people wold practice what they preach.... and not just parts of it.|
8/4/2006 10:30 am
I am not the world's most religious person by any stretch, but....there are ten commandments that I feel if we all followed (except for that neighbor's spouse thing) the world would oh such a better place.|
Nice post cat.....
8/4/2006 11:00 am
all "those people" over there??? or like us?|
Buddhists have never started a conflict, so i think they practice what they preach. wish i could say the same for all.
What i see the disconnect is, that we're all willing to give that extra kindness to people like us... to apply the principles to those who believe what we believe...
but when they don't believe what we believe, they don't seem to deserve the human kindness.
ever notice that?
8/4/2006 12:43 pm
Yes,your stuff dont fit in my box...therefore it is wrong. I see it all the time....EGO...EGO....EGO!!|
We are not only one of the flesh,but also one as a thought.A cosmic conscious,were we as a race are connected to one another in thought.
We should also NOT THINK very badly of others.You never know whos listening.
8/4/2006 2:29 pm
yes the sex thing is good!!|
8/4/2006 6:02 pm
yes the sex thing is good!!
yeah, i knew some of the folks would not appreciate the reciprocity and pluralism concept. try the honeyhole.
8/5/2006 5:02 am
I hope you just copied all that stuff from someplace i.e that you are not so anal as to do all the research yourself. Some take comfort in a belief that the races evolved separately, hence racism. Evidence suggesting commonality of origin blows that theory to hell. O where is uncle Adolph or aunt Margaret when you really need them? Anyway,if the origin of human rights is at issue, I like the one expressed in the Declaration of Independence. As for the UN, now it only conjures up images of the bar scene in StarWars. May the force be with you : )|
8/5/2006 7:59 am
That was cool but I will have to come back for the sex tomorrow hehehe! Later JD|
8/5/2006 12:11 pm
Pardon the blog comment intrusion.. I just had to say that the pic of your breasts is sooo beautiful and erotic... reminds me of something dack in my youth. Thank you for unleashing the memory (and great piece on collective beliefs!)|
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8/5/2006 6:58 pm
Hmmmm, very nice, Lit. It's so sad that disparate religions have to bicker and war against the conflicting bureaucratic aspects of their philosophies instead of reveling in the things they have in common. |
"Oh, you don't believe in full immersion baptism? Surely you're going to hell."
"The trinity? What a stupid concept, you'll never make it into heaven."
"You can't eat cheese on a hamburger! That ain't kosher!"
"Jesus was just a prophet and not the son of God? May you suffer fire and brimstone for eternity!"
Maybe I am just an old-fashioned deist, but can you really believe that God would run things like the Department of Motor Vehicles?
Wouldn't life be simpler if we all just followed the Golden Rule? Wow, what a great idea! Now to just come up with a name for it...hmmm...I know, we could call it secular humanism!!
8/6/2006 2:32 pm
Perhaps if we inscribe it on a two by four and then....|
( kidding. mostly. )
Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]
8/6/2006 6:46 pm
We are all the same in one way or another.|